Current NBA The Best NBA Centers Right Now  

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List Rules Only current NBA centers. No retired or collegiate players

The best current NBA centers aren't just the best men in the National Basketball Association to play the five position the best but also among the overall best current NBA Players. These pivot players are often times the stars of their respective NBA teams as they sink the shots from in the paint, grab the rebounds, and set screens. While we could argue all day about whether the center position is the most important on a basketball team, few will disagree that these men are the best centers currently in the NBA.

While DeMarcus Cousins might be the overwhelming favorite as the best center in the NBA, that doesn't mean there are not many other great NBA centers in the league today. Marc Gasol, DeAndre Jordan, Joakim Noah, and Hassan Whiteside all come to mind as the top centers in the NBA today. So do the likes of Karl-Anthony Towns, Brook Lopez, Joel Embiid, and Al Horford.

Not just the top five centers in the NBA, this list has all the current players at this position. So whether you're a fan of the superstars like Howard and Cousins or the great centers that don't get as much love, like Rudy Gobert, Robin Lopez, and Steven Adams, each is quite valuable to their respective teams. Who do you think is the best current NBA center? Vote below, add more players or re-rank this list in your order, all below! When you're done ranking here, head over and rank the best wing players in the NBA too!

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DeMarcus Cousins is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Golden State Warriors DeMarcus Amir Cousins is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association. He played college basketball at the ...more

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2,447 230
Joel Embiid is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
LaSagnaBall added Philadelphia 76ers Joel-Hans Embiid is a Cameroonian professional basketball player who plays for the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association. The 76ers drafted Embiid third overall in the 2014 ...more

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2,209 1,037
Karl-Anthony Towns is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Minnesota Timberwolves Karl-Anthony Towns Jr. is a Dominican-American professional basketball player for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the ...more

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Rudy Gobert is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Utah Jazz Rudy Gobert is a French professional basketball player who currently plays for the Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association. He also represents the French national basketball team in the ...more

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1,725 391
Nikola Jokic is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Denver Nuggets Nikola Jokić is a Serbian professional basketball player for the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He also represents the Serbian national basketball team ...more

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1,494 1,353
Andre Drummond is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Detroit Pistons Andre Jamal Drummond is an American professional basketball player who plays with the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association. He was one of the top rated basketball players in ...more

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1,308 1,615
Al Horford is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Boston Celtics Alfred Joel Horford Reynoso is a Dominican professional basketball player for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the University of ...more

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1,132 2,471
Marc Gasol is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Memphis Grizzlies Marc Gasol Sáez is a Spanish professional basketball player who currently plays for the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association. He was drafted 48th overall in the 2007 ...more

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1,264 1,844
DeAndre Jordan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Dallas Mavericks Hyland DeAndre Jordan Jr. is an American professional basketball player for the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played one season of college basketball for ...more

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2,270 289
Anthony Davis is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
New Orleans Pelicans Anthony Marshon Davis, Jr. is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the New Orleans Pelicans of the National Basketball Association. He plays the power forward and ...more

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1,068 2,332
Dwight Howard is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Washington Wizards Dwight David Howard is an American professional basketball player who plays for the Washington Wizards of the National Basketball Association. Howard, who plays center, had an outstanding high ...more

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Steven Adams is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Oklahoma City Thunder Steven Funaki Adams is a New Zealand professional basketball player who currently plays for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association. After playing college basketball for ...more

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1,196 1,182
Hassan Whiteside is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
NicolasAvellaEscandon added Miami Heat Hassan Niam Whiteside is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association. He played college basketball for the Marshall ...more

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607 705
Nikola Vučević is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
surag added Philadelphia 76ers Nikola Vučević is a Montenegrin professional basketball player who currently plays for Orlando Magic of the National Basketball Association. He played college basketball for the University of ...more

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522 1,255
Brook Lopez is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
New Jersey Nets Brook Lopez is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association. He is the twin brother of basketball player Robin ...more

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697 653
Jonas Valančiūnas is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Toronto Raptors Jonas Valančiūnas is a Lithuanian professional basketball player who currently plays for the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association. He is a member of the Lithuanian national ...more

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935 111
Clint Capela is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Houston Rockets Clint N'Dumba-Capela is a Swiss professional basketball player for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). On June 26, 2014, Capela was selected with the 25th overall ...more

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666 497
Enes Kanter is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Utah Jazz Enes Kanter is a Turkish professional basketball player for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association. Standing at 6 ft 11 in, he plays at the center position.

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557 1,062
Pau Gasol is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
San Antonio Spurs Pau Gasol Sáez is a Spanish professional basketball player who currently plays for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association. He is a five-time NBA All-Star, and a ...more

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340 1,621
Joakim Noah is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Memphis Grizzlies Joakim Simon Noah is a professional basketball player for the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association.

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323 1,029
Tyson Chandler is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Los Angeles Lakers Tyson Cleotis Chandler (born October 2, 1982) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Chandler was the second ...more

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330 725
Greg Monroe is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Toronto Raptors Gregory Keith Monroe, Jr. is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association. He was drafted by the Pistons in the ...more

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734 267
Kevin Love is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Cleveland Cavaliers Kevin Wesley Love is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association. He is a three-time All-Star and holds the ...more

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328 750
Marcin Gortat is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Los Angeles Clippers Marcin Gortat is a Polish professional basketball player who currently plays for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association. The 6 ft 11 in, 240-pound center is the son of ...more

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625 170
Myles Turner is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Indiana Pacers Myles Christian Turner (born March 24, 1996) is an American professional basketball player for the Indiana Pacers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played one season for the Texas ...more